Thai special investigation team must politically freed: senior official

20:57, July 12, 2010      

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The Thai Justice Ministry's Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has been politically interfered, DSI deputy director-general Pol Lt-Col Seksan Sritulakan told a Senate committee Monday, the Bangkok Post's website reported.

Seksan has admitted that the DSI work, regardless of who is its head, has long been interfered by the country's political sector when he was testifying to the Senate committee to follow up the country's situation.

He was invited by the committee to explain about the DSI's handling of cases against leaders and protesters of the anti- government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) under the emergency decree.

The committee has observed that Tharit Pengdit, the DSI director-general, a mechanism in the justice process, is seen as working to serve the executive branch.

And, this could erode reliability of the justice system as the committee wants the DSI to distance itself from politics.

The DSI should be an independent organization as the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), which is free from political interference, Seksan said.

Source: Xinhua


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